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Family run business donates £1,000 to local hospitals

A local business has raised £1,000 for the Children’s Observation Unit at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH).

Roger Tuby & Son Funfairs has a strong history in Doncaster, dating all the way back to the early 1900s. The company’s origins can be traced to popular showman George ‘Tom’ Tuby, an intrepid entrepreneur of amusements and rides, who established a thriving business that has remained in the family lineage ever since.

Most recently, the mantle of ownership has passed onto Tom’s great grandson, Roger. Encompassing everything from waltzer cars, to roller coasters, dodgems, fun houses and even candy floss stalls, they rent out a selection of traditional fairground attractions for private and corporate hire. Not only that, but they also operate a few venues and events of their own.

With a deep-rooted heritage in the area, Roger was inspired to do something in support of the town that has meant so much to him and his family. It was this desire to give back to the community that prompted the businessman to raise money for his local hospital, by auctioning off one of his carousel horses on Facebook.

The pony itself was repainted in May – in honour of key workers and the 75th anniversary of VE day – with one side decorated in NHS branding and the other with a union jack colour scheme. For a chance of winning the specially themed horse, followers were able to purchase raffle tickets online, with up to 333 slots up for grabs. After just a few days of being on sale, Roger was pleased to announce that all 333 of the entries had been bought, raising an impressive sum of £1,000.

These funds are now being donated to Doncaster Royal Infirmary’s (DRI) Children’s Observation Unit, where they will go towards new furniture and appliances. Speaking about this, Roger said: ‘’ This ward means a lot to me, because of how they helped my Nephew and his premature baby in their hour of need. What they did for us was incredible and I am delighted for this opportunity to show my appreciation. I hope the money will make a difference to them during these stressful times.’’

Meanwhile, Richard Parker, Chief Executive of DBTH, said: ‘’On behalf of the executive team, I just want to express thanks to Mr Tuby for this generous contribution. It is always rewarding when we receive gestures like this from residents and local businesses, but it is especially heart-warming right now, as we continue to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.’’

No donation is too big or small, the support and generosity of the general public is making a huge difference to our colleagues and patients during these challenging times.  For more information on how to donate to the Trust including our Just Giving details, please visit: or email


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